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Secular Student July Recap—Annual Conference, major storms, and more!


2012 Conference Branded RoundedThis month began with a major storm blowing through Columbus that knocked out power in our office for almost a week—right before our conference. Despite our lack of power, our 2012 Annual Conference was our biggest and best yet! We had almost 300 attendees from more than 100 schools. Several speakers even said this was the best secular event they had ever attended! We recorded most of the talks and some of them are already posted.

Our success is getting noticed. Our High School Program was featured in an article in Jezebel—and in the Huffington Post—discussing a high school teacher bragging about trying to block the formation of an SSA affiliate at his school and our response. This is why the work we do at the SSA is so important—we are fighting every day to protect the rights of secular students.

News publications aren’t the only ones taking notice of the good we are doing. Over the past week, our website has been attacked four times, and three of the attacks forced our website offline.  Someone out there knows that we make a difference at the SSA, and is trying to stop us.

However, despite the storms, administrators, and attacks, we have almost reached our $250,000 matching challenge from Jeff Hawkins and Janet Strauss. With under $22,000 to go, we are closing in on being able to go into the fall in an incredibly strong position. You can help push us over the edge—make a gift to the SSA today.  To those of you who have already given: thank you!

Here at the SSA we are energized by the all the excitement, and we won't be slowed down by any resistance—whether from administrators or online attacks. Students need our support so they can form welcoming communities free from dogma and bigotry. We need your support to make this all possible—remember, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

Be well,
Mr. August E. Brunsman IV
Executive Director
Secular Student Alliance
P.O. Box 2371
Columbus, OH 43216
614-441-9588 x 103 (office)
877-842-9474 (fax)
614-596-7940 (cell) 

P. S. The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible.

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